Common Mistakes Dog Owners Make: Coming When Called

Posted on February 2, 2012Categories Animal Behavior, Common Mistakes Owners Make, Dogs, Training MethodsTags , , , , , , ,

In this series we will discuss some of the most common errors made by dog owners, and how to address them. Training The Dog To Run Away When Called This seems like a no-brainer, but you would be surprised how many pet owners accidentally train their dog to run away from them! Coming when called should always be a happy occasion. Once your dog is off-leash, the only control you have over him is your past history of rewarding him … Continue reading “Common Mistakes Dog Owners Make: Coming When Called”

What Dog Trainers Don’t Want You To Know:

Posted on December 16, 2011Categories Animal Behavior, Dogs, Training MethodsTags , , , , , , ,

There are many different schools of thought on how to train dogs. Ask three different dog trainers how to teach a dog to retrieve, and you’ll likely get three different sets of answers. One trainer will advocate pinching the dog’s ear. Another will advocate using a clicker and a bag of treats. The third will say that the only way is to use the dog’s natural prey drive, and that neither treat rewards nor negative reinforcement are the answer. All … Continue reading “What Dog Trainers Don’t Want You To Know:”

First Things First At Wag The Dog

Posted on December 15, 2011Categories Animal Behavior, Animal Health, Dogs, Pet Care

This being the outset of a new and exciting venture, it is a great opportunity to start at the beginning. Before we get into the nitty gritty of which training equipment is worth the money and how to deal with specific behaviour issues, let’s begin by talking about the basic expectations we have when we begin a relationship with a dog. I want to talk about what causes problem behaviour and, of course, what it takes to get the dog … Continue reading “First Things First At Wag The Dog”